I used to think to get big muscles you needed to lift heavyweights.
So there I was 18 years old on the bench press, arms shaking, sweating, straining like hell trying to bench press 90kgs, I wanted to lift 90kgs, 100kgs,120kg, then I’ll get a big chest.
I spent 6 months trying to lift this weight, and I ended up with big arms and shoulders but NO Chest.
I was doing it all wrong.
Lifting weights that are too heavy causes other muscles to kick in, they take the weight, not the muscle you are trying to build.
You will probably also do your back in as this muscle kicks in to take the weight then you strain your back.
Never mind all the strain you are putting on your ligaments and joints so you’ll also end up injured.
Over-stretching yourself like this will leave you in a lot of muscle pain, a crippled back and never wanting to return to the gym.
The way you build muscle is to lift a weight controlled and slowly with this muscle engaged. The muscle fibres break down and rebuild themselves bigger, that’s how the tissue grows.
Don’t kill yourself pushing 90kg it won’t grow your chest; it will just put your back out and put you off weight training.
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